Deranged cannibal killed fellow hospital patient

PUBLISHED: 16:30 29 September 2011

Peter Bryan

Peter Bryan


Crazed cannibal Peter Bryan “lulled” Broadmoor staff into a false sense of security after he was released from solitary confinement – only to kill a fellow patient, an inquest heard.

Bryan, originally from Forest Gate, was in the hospital for killing a man and eating his brain.

But after four days he was in a ward under basic observation and within weeks throttled Richard Loudwell with a trouser cord before smashing his head onto the dining room floor.

An inquest jury concluded that the room had not been adequately observed by hospital staff nor had Bryan been adequately examined on leaving isolation and should have been monitored more closely.

After a narrative verdict, Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said he would not make any 
recommendations in the light of an earlier inquiry and the hospital trust’s adoption of 82 recommendations.

Mr Loudwell was the third person Bryan is known to have killed. He butchered Bryan Cherry, 43, while he was a patient at a mental health unit based at Newham General Hospital, Plaistow.

Three years earlier, in 1993, he killed a 21-year-old woman with a claw hammer, later admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility for which he spent eight years at Rampton Hospital.

Broadmoor nursing staff said Bryan was “pleasant and co-operative”. He was released from solitary confinement because it was believed he no longer presented a serious risk and his medication had been effective.

The coroner described Bryan as chillingly manipulative.

The jury concluded that Mr Loudwell had died of pneumonia and oxygen starvation due to strangulation and a head injury.

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